Civilized Wildlings Workshop

The Iowa Ceramics Center & Glass Studio (ICCGS) and Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center (PFSC), with grant funding from the Iowa Arts Council, are excited to announce “Civilized WIldings” with multi-media artist Jill Foote-Hutton. 

This project’s focus is to use inspiration from native prairie grasslands in Eastern Iowa to create a mosaic art project during a free workshop at ICCGS.  From the series of workshops, 20-35 mosaic projects will be selected to be a part of a larger Community Art Installation at PFSC in April of 2024.  

“Civilized Wildlings: Mosaic Art Projects”

  • Dates: November 4th, 2023 
  • Time: there will be 4 session times throughout the day between 9 am-4:30 pm
  • Cost: FREE, pre-registration is required.
  • Led by Jill Foote-Hutton

On November 4th,  participants will learn to assemble small pieces of ceramics and glass, to create a mosaic landscape design on a 10”x10” board.  Participants will cut, design and assemble pieces of pre-made and upcycled glazed ceramics and glass, into their very own design. Projects should evoke inspiration from the native prairie grass landscape of Eastern Iowa. The mosaic design will then be affixed to the board with adhesive and dried overnight. 

All mosaic boards will be grouted and then the one-of-a-kind projects will be available for pick-up one week later, on November 11th.  If your project was selected to be a part of the large Community Installation Project, you will receive an email with details instructions.  


Do you want to help?  We need Volunteers!  

Visiting Artist Exhibition and Meet & Greet with Jill Foote-Hutton


In conjunction with the Grant, ICCGS will also host a 1st Thursday Opening Reception and Meet & Greet on Thursday November 2nd with Jill Foote-Hutton.  This exhibition will feature work in her ongoing “Civilized Wildlings” work, with a focus on the native prairie landscape of Eastern Iowa–this work will remain in the Chadima gallery through November  19th.  

Artist’s Statement: The works are also a celebration of the wisdom of nature and all it has taught humanity throughout time. Viewers may note three repeating symbols in the works: a wind-up key, the external force; a bean, adzuki or black-eyed pea, this is a nod to parallel traditions in disparate cultures; a gordian knot, a symbol of defying useless paradigms. 

The illustrations of the vessels and the creatures that inhabit them are inspired by the graphic qualities of national park posters. Taken as a whole, the posters create a polychromatic “book” of sorts, furthering the narrative attached to each object. 


Civilized Wildlings

Community Exhibition


Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center


Projects will be selected by Jill Foote-Hutton to be a part of the Exhibition which will go up in April 2024 at PWFC.  Chosen participants will receive emails with detailed information about the exhibition. 

All participants, as well as those selected are welcome to join us for the opening reception at PWFC, with remarks from Jill Foote-Hutton.

More information on drop off times and locations will be sent to all participants at a later date.


Time: TBD

After the exhibition comes down, all mosaics will be brought back to ICCGS for pickup.  Particpants will be notified to come in to pick up their projects via email.   

Prairewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center is located 

120 Boyson Road in Hiawatha, Iowa.



With Multi-media Artist Jill Foote-Hutton


This project was made possible with Funding from a grant with the Iowa Arts Council.

Jill Foote-Hutton is the creative mastermind behind the exhibit, “Civilized Wildlings”, and as such, is responsible for creating the art work to relect her observations of the native land.  As part of the Grant, Jill spent time at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spiritiality Center (PFSC), to observe and research native prairie and generate a body of work for an exhibition in the Chadima Gallery in November 2023, where she will also have an Artist’s talk.

Additionally Jill will facilitate a free workshop at ICCGS that educates participants on Iowa’s native fauna and landscape through mosaic art.

Participants in the workshops are invited to showcase their work as part of a greater community project at PFSC in April of 2024. 

Jill Foote-Hutton

Muti-Media Artist

Jill Foote-Hutton holds a BFA in sculpture from Webster University (1994) and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Mississippi–Oxford (2003). She travels and engages with numerous communities, delivering strength and exploration to her audiences through her creative base, Whistlepig Studio. Her work – inspired by tribal culture, Joseph Campbell, comic books, anime, art history, and The Muppets – instigates creative practices, captures triumphant narratives, and facilitates a new path that enables access to each participants’ creative voice.

Since the beginning of Whistlepig Studio, Foote-Hutton has traveled and engaged communities with interactive Guardian Monster workshops in Missouri, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Florida, and Arizona.